Manchester City v Sheffield United Recent Form
Manchester City have shown their best form for years over the last few weeks. Pep Guardiola’s men have won each of their last 11 matches in all competitions and haven’t lost for 19. It appears that Sheffield United have ended their woeful run of form. They’ve won four of their last five in league and cup despite losing 19 of their 21 competitive games before then.
Manchester City v Sheffield United Recent Matchups
The score was 1-0 to Manchester City in the reverse fixture. That was back at the end of October and reflected the other Premier League fixtures between the two sides. City did the double over the Blades last season – 1-0 and 2-0 to secure six points against them. Sheffield United did beat City in a 2008 FA Cup clash at Bramall Lane.
Manchester City v Sheffield United Stats & Analysis
Manchester City look like they’re steaming towards a third Premier League title in four seasons. Pep Guardiola’s men are showing an unbelievable level of consistency in all competitions. They’ve lost just one of their last 28 matches across the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and Champions League.
A lot of that improvement has been at the back. The Citizens have dramatically improved their backline to the point that they just don’t look likely to concede in any of their matches. They’ve kept an incredible 14 clean sheets in their last 18 matches in all competitions and nine in their last 11 Premier League fixtures.
New signing Ruben Dias has been vital to this record but it has a lot to do with John Stones. The Englishman’s career at the Etihad looked to be coming to an end before this campaign but the former Everton man has been excellent. City have conceded just two goals when John Stones has been on the pitch for them this season. That works out as a goal conceded every 650 minutes.
At the other end, Sheffield United have cause for some optimism. The results have dramatically improved in recent weeks after a couple of vital league ones. They no longer have the worst ever Premier League record at this stage of the season after that win over Manchester United. They’ve overtaken Derby County’s 2007/08 and Sunderland’s 2005/06 seasons which is a big step in the right direction. They’re still 10 points from safety but the platform is there for Chris Wilder’s men to build on.
Manchester City v Sheffield United Bets
But the bookmakers don’t expect much from them here. Manchester City are the massive favourites to win this match and to continue their excellent run of form at 2/13. A draw is 17/2 and Sheffield United are way out at 25/1 to secure the win. It would be their second victory away in Manchester in the space of a few days. A Sheffield United win or a draw double chance is 6/1 if you fancy City to drop points.
That looks like a decent punt given the Blades’ performance in midweek but a City win is by far the likeliest outcome. Pep Guardiola’s men have looked unstoppable in recent months and look good value to win again here. Sheffield United haven’t scored a Premier League goal against Manchester City since 1993. It’s no surprise to see that City are just 8/15 to win to nil.
Many will be tempted to back them with a handicap. That wouldn’t have been a good bet for much of this season considering how many games City were winning by the odd goal. Nine of their 12 Premier League wins have been by a margin of two goals or fewer as they’ve ground results out. That looks to be changing as City have won two of their last three by four or more goals. Man City are 6/5 to win with a European handicap of 0-2 and 3/1 for 0-3.
In terms of goalscorers, Ilkay Gundogan has been on an exceptional run of form in front of goal lately and is 6/4 to score anytime here.